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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Massachusetts Nursing Homes Cited for Violations
Over the past three years, Massachusetts nursing home inspectors acting on behalf of the
U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services found 27 elder care deficiencies at a
long-term care facility in Tewksbury and penalized the home with $13,000 in
Eight miles away, a nursing home in Wilmington was found to have six
deficiencies and fined $117,160, the highest civil monetary penalty CMS levied
in Massachusetts during that time period.
The difference in the strictness of sanctions is the severity of the
deficiencies. Woodbriar of Wilmington was penalized when a patient died of drug
toxicity after a medication dosage error. At Blaire House of Tewksbury, none of
the deficiencies was categorized as serious. CMS classifies deficiencies as
serious if they harm a patient or put a patient in immediate jeopardy.
Nursing homes with serious deficiencies are fined, but a review of inspection
surveys in a database created by investigative journalism group ProPublica shows
that less severe citations can pile up without penalties being imposed.
In Greater Lowell, CMS has reports for the 27 facilities that accept Medicare
and Medicaid, putting them under the agency's jurisdiction. Of these 27 nursing homes, four have been found deficiency-free: Life Care Center of Acton,
Littleton's Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, Seven Hills Pediatric Center in
Groton, and Lowell's D'Youville Transitional Care, the short-term rehabilitation
facility affiliated with D'Youville Senior Care.
Massachusetts Attorney Bernard J. Hamill is an experienced Boston area Litigator. I have vigorously represented people in the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Wills, Probate of Estates and Elder Law matters such as Medicaid planning and representing victims of Nursing Home Malpractice: Abuse and Neglect